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Disambiguation Notice:

This John Kessel (ends in 1 L, no initial) writes and edits science fiction. He lives and teaches in North Carolina.

This is NOT the historian John L. Kessell (ends in LL, one initial), who writes about the presence of Spain in the American southwest.

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Series

Works by John Kessel

Rewired: The Post-Cyberpunk Anthology (2007) — Introduction; Editor — 384 copies
Good News from Outer Space (1989) 264 copies
The Secret History of Science Fiction (2009) — Editor — 196 copies
Corrupting Dr. Nice (1997) 195 copies
The Moon and the Other (2017) 157 copies
Pride and Prometheus (2018) 76 copies
Freedom Beach (1985) 69 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2012 (2012) — Editor — 66 copies
Intersections: The Sycamore Hill Anthology (1995) — Editor, Contributor — 65 copies
The Pure Product (1997) 63 copies
Stories For Men 15 copies
Another Orphan 12 copies
The Collected Kessel (2012) 8 copies
Invaders [short fiction] (1990) 8 copies
It's All True 7 copies
The Red Phone 6 copies
A Clean Escape (1985) 5 copies
Powerless 5 copies
Downtown 5 copies
American apocalypse (2004) 5 copies
The Snake Girl 4 copies
Clean 3 copies
Friend 3 copies
The Franchise 3 copies
The Closet 3 copies
Lune et l'autre (2008) 2 copies
The Moral Bullet (1991) 2 copies
Man 2 copies
Faustfeathers 2 copies
Iteration 2 copies
Credibility 1 copy
Animals 1 copy
The Lecturer 1 copy

Associated Works

Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century (2001) — Contributor — 449 copies
The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century (2005) — Contributor — 379 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eighth Annual Collection (1991) — Contributor — 376 copies
Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology (2006) — Editor — 306 copies
Sympathy for the Devil (2010) — Contributor — 282 copies
The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet (2007) — Contributor — 223 copies
Tails of Wonder and Imagination: Cat Stories (2010) — Contributor — 215 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection (1987) — Contributor — 201 copies
Modern Classics of Science Fiction (1991) — Contributor — 201 copies
Conjunctions: 39, The New Wave Fabulists (2002) — Contributor — 197 copies
Year's Best SF 13 (2008) — Contributor — 191 copies
Strange Dreams (1993) — Composer — 186 copies
Think Like a Dinosaur: And Other Stories (1982) — Foreword, some editions — 143 copies
Future on Ice (1998) — Contributor — 143 copies
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010) — Contributor — 133 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2010 (2010) — Contributor — 133 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: First Annual Collection (1984) — Contributor — 131 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 5 (2005) — Contributor — 120 copies
The Mammoth Book of the Best of Best New SF (2008) — Contributor — 105 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Second Annual Collection (1985) — Contributor — 100 copies
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars (2012) — Contributor — 99 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2010 Edition (2010) — Contributor — 94 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2008 (2008) — Contributor — 90 copies
The Nebula Awards Eighteen (1983) — Contributor — 88 copies
Beluthahatchie and Other Stories (2000) — Afterword, some editions — 83 copies
Enemy Mine/Another Orphan (1989) — Contributor — 72 copies
Nebula Awards 23 (1989) — Contributor — 67 copies
In the Field of Fire (1987) — Contributor — 67 copies
Attack of the Jazz Giants: and Other Stories (2005) — Afterword — 58 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2016 Edition (2016) — Contributor — 57 copies
Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy 3 (2010) — Contributor — 55 copies
Crossroads: Tales of the Southern Literary Fantastic (2004) — Contributor — 52 copies
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 9 (1983) — Contributor — 49 copies
Time Travelers (1989) — Contributor — 47 copies
80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin (2010) — Contributor — 37 copies
Isaac Asimov's Fantasy! (1985) — Contributor — 37 copies
Under South American Skies (1993) — Contributor — 35 copies
The Eagle Has Landed: 50 Years of Lunar Science Fiction (2019) — Contributor — 31 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 30 copies
The Savage Humanists (2008) — Contributor — 22 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2020 Edition (2020) — Contributor — 21 copies
The Big Book of Cyberpunk (2023) — Contributor — 19 copies
New Dimensions Science Fiction Number 10 (1980) — Contributor — 18 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 124 (January 2017) (2017) — Contributor — 17 copies
Starry messenger: The best of Galileo (1976) — Contributor — 16 copies
Clarkesworld: Issue 087 (December 2013) (2013) — Contributor — 12 copies
Asimov's Science Fiction: Vol. 33, No. 6 [June 2009] (1909) — Contributor — 12 copies
Geek Theater (2014) — Contributor — 8 copies
Galileo Magazine of Science & Fiction September 1979 (1979) — Contributor — 8 copies
Galileo Magazine of Science & Fiction July 1979 (1979) — Contributor — 7 copies
27 Views of Raleigh: The City of Oaks in Prose & Poetry (2013) — Contributor — 7 copies
Galileo Magazine of Science & Fiction November 1979 (1979) — Contributor — 6 copies
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet No. 16 — Contributor — 4 copies
The Year's Top Ten Tales of Science Fiction 2 (2010) — Author — 3 copies
Galileo Magazine of Science & Fiction July 1978 (1978) — Contributor — 3 copies
Supernovæ (1993) — Contributor — 2 copies
Millemondi Inverno 1996 — Contributor — 2 copies
Omni Magazine December 1993 (1993) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Kessel, John Joseph Vincent
Birthdate
1950-09-24
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Buffalo, New York, USA
Places of residence
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Buffalo, New York, USA
Education
University of Kansas (PhD | English | 1981)
Occupations
science fiction and fantasy writer
Relationships
Gunn, James (teacher)
Fowler, Therese Anne (wife)
Organizations
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Disambiguation notice
This John Kessel (ends in 1 L, no initial) writes and edits science fiction. He lives and teaches in North Carolina.

This is NOT the historian John L. Kessell (ends in LL, one initial), who writes about the presence of Spain in the American southwest.

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Reviews

A pair of time-traveling con-artists tangle with a paleontologist smuggling an infant dinosaur into the 22nd century. Hijinks ensue.

Corrupting Dr. Nice is a postmodern mash-up of 1930s screwball comedies and science fiction: Preston Sturges meets H. G. Wells. Some of the time paradoxes do not bear close examination, and the novel's frenetic speed does not always allow logic to impede its constant lunge forward, but this, too, is an homage to the source material. (The Lady Eve and Bringing Up Baby will never win any awards for their internal coherence, but nobody cares.)… (more)
 
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proustbot | 3 other reviews | Jun 19, 2023 |
A collection of award-winning short stories that test the bounds of sceince fiction. Some great stories by authors including Jonathan Lethem, Margaret Atwood, Gene Wolfe, Karen Joy Fowler, Ursula K. Leguin, and others.
 
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jwhenderson | 5 other reviews | May 17, 2023 |
Cyberpunk is one of those subgenres that feels more and more accurate these days. I don’t know if that’s good or bad. Depends on my mood towards the world at the time. But this is a good collection. My favorites were “The Dog Said Bow Wow” and “The Voluntary State.” YMMV.
 
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Jon_Hansen | 6 other reviews | May 14, 2023 |

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Works
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Members
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Popularity
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Rating
½ 3.7
Reviews
73
ISBNs
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Languages
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Favorited
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